Sometimes bedtime can be the least fun time of day for everyone, kids and parents included! Why not make it a little sillier with some great books that will get you all laughing instead of crying?
Here is a list of top ten favorite silly stories that are just right to read before bed.
by Meredith Bartolo Pappas
Silly Bedtime Stories
Again by Emily Gravett
Anyone who has had to put a toddler to bed will relate to this one. Little dragon wants the same bedtime story read over and over again, but Mama Dragon is too tired to keep telling the whole thing so the story keeps changing just a bit. So what is a little dragon to do…breathe fire, of course!
10 Minutes Till Bedtime by Peggy Rathmann
Such a simple book that counts down the minutes until bedtime. As the boy is getting ready, he sees an entire hamster world touring right through his bedroom and bathroom, until it’s time for lights out. Not many words to read, but each page has silly hamster antics on it.
The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
Not a traditional bedtime book per se, but if you want your children in hysterics before bed, or anytime really, this is the silly bedtime book for you! It really has no pictures, but the words are enough to get kids belly laughing. This is one that your kiddos may ask for over and over and over again.
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
It’s time for the little chicken to go to sleep but every time Dad starts a bedtime story, chicken interrupts with an ending all of her own. If you like this one, there are others too! Interrupting Chicken: Cookies For Breakfast and Interrupting Chicken and The Elephant of Surprise.
Noisy Night by Mac Barnett and Brian Biggs
Going to sleep in an apartment building can be an interesting, and noisy, time. See what’s making all the noise on the floor above in this silly nighttime tale.
Go To Sleep In Your Own Bed! by Candace Fleming and Lori Nichols
Each animal on the farm tries to go to sleep in their own space only to find another animal there! If you have kiddos constantly climbing into your bed, you’ll relate to the feelings these animals have as they yell “go to sleep in your own bed!” One of our favorite silly stories.
Everybody In The Red Brick Building by Anne Wynter and Oge Mora
Though this book isn’t necessarily very funny or silly, it does make a great bedtime story when it’s time to wind down. Similar to Noisy Night, everybody in the red brick building is making their own noises that wake up the neighbors, then they make noises again to signal they are going back to sleep. A silly, sweet book with such cool illustrations.
A Good Day For A Hat by T. Nat Fuller and Rob Hodgson
Think about the day that just passed or prepare for the day to come with this funny book about an eager bear who has a LOT of hats! Every time he puts on the “perfect” one, the scene changes and he needs to get another hat that’s just right for the occasion.
The Night Gardener by Eric Fan and Terry Fan (The Fan Brothers)
If you like Edward Scissorhands, this bedtime picture book might appeal to you. A mysterious gardener is shaping all the trees into animal shapes at night. It’s not a very silly story, but it is fun to see all the trees change shape.
About Meredith Bartolo Pappas
Meredith is a licensed teacher with almost twenty years of experience in education. Her specialties are holistic learning, early literacy, and social-emotional development. She is also a reading specialist, artist, and mom of two. She loves all things bookish, magical, and cozy. Find her at Sharing Circle Education sharingcircleeducation.com and on Instagram @sharingcircleeducation.